This week’s 15-minute writing prompt is: Guilty Pleasures. And, go!
Reality TV is my guilty pleasure. I am a card-carrying Bachelor nation fan, have sent in audition tapes for The Amazing Race Canada for the last five years, and you can’t tear me away from Survivor since it first aired with a naked Richard Hatch. Our PVR helps me never miss a moment of the drama.
This summer our family added Bachelor in Paradise to our reality TV viewing list. It is trashy, cringe-worthy, watch-through-your-fingers kind-of stuff but we can’t look away. I think our affinity with reality TV is, in part, the realization that we have it good when we are finished watching these kinds of shows. Our family of four discuss the most disgusting displays of human behaviour over dinner—with our mouths full while talking and elbows on the table.
What would the reality show of our life feature? Maybe teenagers bickering. Parents disagreeing. Laughter. Bullying even in the form of teasing. I think shining a light on any family and saying action would change the behaviour of our perfectly functional dysfunction into a drama worth PVR’ing. It may not be the high romance you find on the beaches of Mexico, but it is the everyday drama that plays out in homes across the world. What’s for dinner? Who’s turn is it to do the dishes? What time is too early to go to bed? Did someone feed the dog? Will dad fall asleep first during the movie or is it my turn? The plot twists are around every corner… or is that popcorn twists.
I’ve said too much.
Fifteen Minute Fridays are prompts from my writing group, which is actually on Mondays. We get the prompt and write for 15 minutes. I edit only for spelling here, so be kind.
What is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate, a beer a day, cheezies? Or, do you share my love for reality TV? Do tell!